Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.
The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.
Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an "asthma attack", although doctors sometimes use the term "exacerbation".
Severe attacks may require hospital treatment and can be life threatening, although this is unusual.
If the child is under 5, please contact your GP. If you are in contact with your Health Visitor please raise your concerns with them.
If you child is above 5 years, please contact your GP. While your child is in school and diagnosed with asthma, a care plan may be provided to show how your child will be supported during the school day. For information or discussion on the care plan please contact your school's headteacher or Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
Help and guidance
Visit the Healthy London Partnership for additional asthma resources such as: